Rev. John J. Ryan, C.S.C., Ph.D.

President
King’s College

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Fr. Ryan began his term as the 9th President of King's College on July 1, 2011. Previously, Fr. Ryan was Dean of the William G. McGowan School of Business at King's since 2004.

Fr. Ryan’s areas of academic interest are: business ethics, alternative energy, work values, and organization citizenship issues. He led the McGowan School of Business  in the School's reaccreditation in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business school accrediting agency in the world. 

He received his B.S. degree in accounting from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in 1971 and was employed at Gilbert/Commonwealth Associates, Inc. from 1971 through 1984. He was awarded his M.B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1984 and served as a finance instructor at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN in 1985.

He joined the Congregation of Holy Cross and was professed for the Eastern Province in 1986. He received his master of divinity (M.Div.) degree from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. 

Fr. Ryan continued his graduate studies in business administration and was awarded the Ph.D. degree in business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1998. He also rendered parish assistance in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1990 through 1994. Since 1994, he has been a weekly celebrant at local parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. 

Fr. Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for: University of Portland, Earth Conservancy (conservation and land revitalization in Wyoming Valley, PA); Sustainable Energy Fund (promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy education in PA); and EthosGen (a biomass renewable energy company). He was elected to the Stonehill College Board of Trustees in spring 2005.